News

Hotel application open for input

The model of the proposed Oaks Hotel.
The model of the proposed Oaks Hotel. Di Stanley

HAILED the answer to Emerald's short-term visitor accommodation, the proposed Oaks Hotel on the corner of Opal and Clermont streets is open for public consultation.

Residents have until June 7 to have their say about the eight-storey, 120-room accommodation complex complete with swimming pool and rooftop terrace.

The development application states the proposed plan "seeks to address an identified need for high-quality, short-term residential accommodation", targeting tourists and visitors to Emerald.

"The development represents a significant investment in the future of the town and will help to enhance its vitality and viability by allowing more visitors to stay overnight," the DA stated.

The Emerald Shire Planning Scheme 2009 dictates one parking space must be available for every room plus one additional, but the Oaks Hotel application falls 63 short. The plan includes 68 spaces, and the application argues the development should not be stalled on the basis of car parks due to a previous application approved by the council which fell short of the required number.

The DA said the lack of car parks would not be an issue.

"Given the short-term nature of the accommodation, it is anticipated that the majority of customers will travel to the site by taxi or bus, rather than car," it stated.

Customers would also be encouraged to use public transport or walk to local businesses within the township.

"The current planning scheme is outdated and does not reflect the significant growth pressures that Emerald is experiencing as a result of the resources boom," it stated.

"The urban footprint of Emerald is highly constrained and as such, there is a need to increase the density of development beyond that currently envisaged by the planning scheme to make more efficient use of land and infrastructure within the existing town."


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Members needed for club to survive

Auctioneer Len "Fonz” Bargenquest and Rotary member Errol Rix at the Blackwater Rotary Auction.

Blackwater Rotary Club is looking for more members

It's time to pay council rates

The Central Highlands Regional Council office in Emerald.

Rates are expected in the letterboxes of Central Highlands residents

Flood mitigation work complete

MITIGATION PROJECT: The earthmover at work to clear the Nogoa River.

The flood mitigation project in the Nogoa River is complete.

Local Partners

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

A MERE two points separated two teams from My Kitchen Rules, in a spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Jilted Married At First Sight groom rejected again

Is Married at First Sight groom's second chance over already?

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trespass Against Us a 'tender' crime film

Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson in a scene from the movie Trespass Against Us.

Tough British film about criminal clan proves touching

Crocodile, hippo fears as I'm A Celeb filming hit by flooding

Flooding hits the set of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Fears crocodiles and hippos could infiltrate I'm A Celeb camp

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

50 more high rise buildings planned for Brisbane CBD

Height limits have been scrapped for Brisbane CBD

800,000 more people expected to work in city over next 20 years

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!